Tuesday 11 Mar 2014
Set in the small West Country town of Clatterford, Jam & Jerusalem, the comedy written by Jennifer Saunders, returns for a new series. Taking an affectionate look at village life, Jam & Jerusalem stars Sue Johnston, Sally Phillips, David Mitchell, Dawn French, Pauline McLynn, Clive Russell, Rosie Cavaliero, Maggie Steed and Jennifer Saunders.
As the series begins, Sal is devastated to discover via a planning notice that a barn renovation is to take place in the field that backs onto her house. When she informs the Women's Guild, she finds that they have been well aware of the construction for some time. Sal tries her best to convince the Guild to help her fight the application.
The Guild rallies around Sal, until Rosie makes an exciting discovery from Clatterford's newest member, site manager Jock – he refuses to deny that the house is being built for actor Charles Dance. Suddenly, the appearance of a celebrity in the town changes everyone's opinion. Sal isn't convinced, though, and vows to carry on the fight alone.
Construction begins on the renovation and Sal's protest has collapsed, as the Guild is more in favour of having a celebrity neighbour than of protecting the area. As the work begins, Jock notices various men, including the vicar, going in and out of Sal's house, and he becomes suspicious.
The truth is that Sal has decided to turn her kitchen into a miniature surgery for the less-mobile locals who can't get to the main surgery. With rumours spreading around the village, Sal is forced to come clean to her sensible doctor son, James, who, in the meantime, is becoming increasingly involved in politics, meeting the local Lib Dem MP.
Sal is played by Sue Johnston, Rosie by Dawn French, Jock by Clive Russell, James by David Mitchell and the local Lib Dem MP by Tim Vine.
Jam & Jerusalem is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Louis Theroux visits Central Valley, California – home to some of the most impoverished rural towns in America, where crystal-meth addiction is among the most prolific in the USA.
In Fresno, Louis finds a community ravaged by this cheap and highly addictive drug. It is hard to find anyone whose life hasn't been touched by this drug in one way or another.
As he infiltrates the town, Louis comes face to face with meth abuse as addicts invite him into their homes. He becomes surrounded by the madness of daily addiction and the meth-addled confusion which is breaking this society apart.
Louis sees its impact through the eyes of the local police force and meets Diane and Karl, a couple who have sustained their marriage, despite 25 years of meth addiction and the loss of the custody of their five children.
At residential centre Westcare, Louis sees the work being done to combat the destruction caused by the drug. Run by ex-addicts, the centre offers a six-month rehab programme. Louis sees the extraordinary challenges faced by the centre which deals with a whole range of issues: from old timers, who repeatedly return to rehab programmes; to young meth-addicted families; and babies who are born, hooked, to mothers who are trying to care for them while trying to kick their own habit.
At Westcare, Louis meets Senteka, the mother of a teenaged daughter. Senteka is making a last-ditch attempt to kick meth in order to make up for missing her daughter's childhood. As the majority of those attempting to kick their addiction eventually relapse, all Louis can do is hope that Senteka is telling the truth when she swears that she is "clean".
Addiction is laid bare as Louis seeks out the stories and the people behind the drug.